In last week’s edition of The Mac Weekly, members of Macalester Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) wrote an article titled “Defending Israeli Apartheid Week: A voice for justice.” The article directly addressed some of the concerns we displayed in our piece in the March 9 edition of The Mac Weekly, and we would like to clarify some of our ideas.
Amos Oz, the famous Israeli novelist and peace activist, said this in the opening plenary session at the recent J Street conference: “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a tragedy in the purest form of the word tragedy: a clash between right and right. A clash between one very powerful claim over the land and another no less powerful claim over the same land. A clash between right and right. Sometimes as it happens it becomes a clash between wrong and wrong.” We care about everyone affected by this tragic conflict, and we agree that we need to criticize when any party does wrong, and applaud when any party does right.